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Video: Karlsson needs help off ice after collision with Cooke

Feb 13, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

The Ottawa Senators were scraping together wins despite mounting injuries, but Wednesday could represent a serious problem. Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson needed help off the ice during tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Karlsson was injured during a battle along the boards with Matt Cooke. It appears that Cooke, 34, caught his skate blade above the Swede’s own left skate.

Early accounts indicate that the cut was accidental. On the other hand, TSN’s Gord Miller reports that Senators management is unhappy with the play.

The NHL doesn’t have an issue with it, however, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi.

Judge the hit for yourself in the video below:

Hockey Buzz’s Travis Yost captured the precise moment:

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The incident just happened, so it remains to be seen how severe the injury might be.

The 22-year-old hasn’t really regressed from last year’s breakout pace as many expected. Instead, he has six goals and 10 points in 13 games.

He would represent the biggest loss in a series of worrisome injuries for the team. Karlsson joins Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, Guillaume Latendresse, Peter Regin and Jared Cowen on the sidelines.

Ottawa just hopes it won’t be for too long.

For more on the impact, watch the video below:

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  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Freak accident. I hope karlsson has a speedy recovery. He looked like he was in a lot if pain. I hope it’s not a tendon.

  2. habsman - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    That was a deliberate stomping motion by Cooke. Dirty doesn’t begin to describe it. As a result, the best hockey player in the world could be lost for an extended time. Hopefully the league will finally grow a pair and suspend this clown for the rest of the season.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Pk suban stomp on staal looked more intentional. All the experts are calling it an accident but what do they know huh.

      • habsman - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        And you’re one of those experts are you?

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        If I was I wouldn’t be posting on here. No offense PHT. I don’t have to be an expert to know your comment is stupid and inaccurate.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Well, habsman is wrong 99.99% of the time, so I’ll take sportsfreak in this argument. Not to mention that the video is inconclusive at best.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        The qualification for a sports expert is watching sports. The majority of men qualify as a sports expert

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        The majority of men dont get paid to share their opinion. Experts do however. Thats like saying because my wife watches alot of cooking shows shes an expert on cooking. Wish that were the case.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      The deliberate amount of ignorance in your post should earn you a suspension from PHT for the rest of the season. Literally NOTHING in your post is remotely accurate, except “could be lost for an extended time.” And maybe “Cooke.”

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      That is an EXTREMELY strong assumption, and in my opinion an irresponsible one. Just because you are watching something in slow motion does not mean it took place in slow motion.

      • habsman - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        Because of Cooke’s history, he has lost all benifit of the doubt. Any unbiased observer can see a deliberate stomping motion on the most vulnerable area of the leg. Looks like Karlson is done for the year. Cooke should be as well.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        That’s actually understood, habsman. But you are talking about someone taking a 2 millimeter blade attached to the bottom of his foot and ramming it into a spot on the back of someone’s leg, what, a centimeter big? At the same time, skating on one foot and oh yeah running into the boards at the same time. A ninja couldn’t do it – and Matt Cooke is no ninja. Freak accident – you guys give him WAY too much credit.

      • habsman - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on this. I’ve played for over 50 years and have never made a stopming motion on the back of someone’s leg, and I’ve never had it happen to me. Total disregard for the safety of a fellow player. And not the first time. No discipline I’m sure, but there should be.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        Understood – and I’m trying not to be a homer on this. Either way, I love watching the kid play and I hope he comes back soon.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        I’m sure the level you’ve played at is comparable to an NHL game

    • 2jivecrew - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Karlsonn “best player in the world”? LOL okay.

      And notice habsman didn’t bother trying to deny that Subban’s stomp on Staal was FAR worse.

      This was a freak accident. Cooke hasn’t done much of anything wrong since his last suspension. He’s kept his nose clean.

  3. jasndc75 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    pretty much have to be on crack to think anything was intentional there

    • pinball33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      You must be on crack to think it was clean. Who lifts the feet to make a hit?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        he’s right, you’re the crackhead.

  4. slatersgators - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    slew foot by cooke. he should be out of the league long before now. there is no excuse for this cheap hit. deliberate attempt to injure.

    • bmscalise - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Do you even know what a slew foot is?

      • buckyblackhawk - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Going to go with no….

  5. cowboys282 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Matt Cooke is the dirtiest player in the league and will never change. I am no sens fan but am watching the 3rd hoping Neal knocks him out,

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Right? Lot you know about hockey? Cowboys fan eh? You just sound like another Pittsburgh hater. Boo hoo.

  6. live4hockey - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I hope the Pens cut him! So dirty, there is no place for that crap! I love him on the PK, but I don’t want a guy who does that crap on my team. How many careers is this guy going to ruin? Get him out!!

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      I hope we cut you as a pens fan because your dumb.

      • habsman - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Your dumb? Oh the irony.

      • live4hockey - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Oh, my bad, I guess you think Matt Cooke is a clean player…? Pretty smart…

      • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        Dumb and a moron.

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        I think since his last suspension he hasn’t done anything dirty. I also think that play wasn’t dirty at all.

      • live4hockey - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Cooke had 1 season where he cleaned up his act…good for him. His skate should not have been off the ice like that.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Coach wants to see you in his office. Bring your playbook, live4hockey.

    • claysbar - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      My team? You tell em Mario

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Again. Someone who doesn’t pay attention to hockey and just spouting off garbage.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Pens love dirty players, he won’t be cut by them.

  7. shannysux - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    it was an accident, slow mo makes it look a lot worse

  8. bigbadbruins77 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Wonder if marc savard thinks itcwas dirty…

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      No he wouldn’t because he’s not a moron.

  9. jkulha86 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Looked pretty clean to me. Just an unfortunate freak accident

  10. Stiller43 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    It looks like he was trying with his left leg to make sure he actually hit his man, and didnt miss. Then with the impact of the hit/boards, his foot comes down.

    Unfortunate accident says I.

  11. spavs412 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    There was no actual malice. PK the slew stomping king would show you intent ask J Staalsie.. Unfortunate that hockey might miss a great young talent. Hope he’s ok

  12. broadstbully33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    What a scumbag Cooke is. Are we surprised?

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      You’re a moron that obviously doesn’t know or pay attention to hockey.

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      If that was Crosby, Cryer fans would be burning down the neighborhood like they won the Stanley Cup. Then again, you probably weren’t around the last time that happened?

  13. spavs412 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    There ya go Neil just went after him … You got your wish took 18 min

  14. pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Classy dude that Chris Neil. What a loser?

    • buckyblackhawk - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      He had to stand up for his teammate, just went about it the wrong way.

      • rdurk86 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Oh and Cooke turtling like a pansy was handling it the right way?

  15. sjsharks66 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Dont worry everyone, habs already notified the authorities.

    Accident all the way. A bad accident. Hope he is not hurt too bad. I cant blame Neil either. I would hope if that happened to any star player, team mates would do the same. Cooke knew what was coming, he knows his reputation.

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Thank you for an intelligent comment. Anyone who has watched or paid attention to hockey knows Cooke has been clean since and has changed his style of play.

      Hate seeing a great player hurt, on any team, and hope Karlsson’s goes well and he returns quickly.

  16. windmiller4 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Just read that its a lacerated achilles tendon which will require surgery, hes out indefinitely

  17. spavs412 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Sliced Achilles that blows man needs surgery… Hope for a Speedy recovery that sucks for the NHL and sens. He’s fun to watch

  18. wisdomnfl - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Will need surgery just heard on post game. Season ending.

  19. steelers88 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Totally was not intentional it was just a freak accident.

  20. zachfelchesryan - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Matt Cooke is a cancer

  21. hockeyfan28 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    This is the Penguins and this is Matt Cooke and that was arguably Ottawas best player doesn’t take much to
    realize why people are suspicious

  22. travishenryskid - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Holy crap they should kick Cooke out of the league. Sad so many actually believe that was an accident.

  23. broadstbully33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Just like pens players to target star players and then when Cindy gets hurt they petition the league. Then go out headhunting in playoffs. What a scumbag team. Way to hurt one of the best up and coming stars in the league. Dispicable just pathetic. Hey Mario please condem your own team again please.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Haha Philadelphia typical. What a troll.

    • pens5829 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Please stop posting on a Pens article when you are clearly clueless. Makes Flyer fans look more pathetic when we know there really are intelligent Flyer fans on PHT.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      When you type things like Cindy and other unoriginal, unfunny and re-hashed nicknames do you think you’re being funny?
      It’s a giant red flag that whatever you type next will not only be ignorant, but will absolutely be incredibly stupid as well.

  24. f2maestro - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    There’s so many biased, dumb comments in this post already. It wasn’t dirty by any stretch and Matt Cooke is far from dirty. Don’t believe me? Watch any of the games since his suspension.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Matt Cooke is one of the dirtiest players in the league. Just because he’s not being suspended now does not mean he’s a Lady Byng candidate.

      This hit was not dirty but there’s no way you can classify Cooke as anything other than a dirty player.

      • f2maestro - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Why can’t I classify Cooke as anything other than a dirty player? It’s clear you don’t watch the Penguins on a regular basis or you would know your opinion is nearsided. Cooke isn’t dirty any more. He does have a sketchy past, however the past is just that, the past. Move on, he has. Since his suspension, he has been almost totally clean and (who knows) he may one day be Lady Byng worthy.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        What’s a nearsided opinion?

  25. malkinrulez - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    If it was anybody but Cooke this would be a non issue.

  26. ironman721 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I’m a Pens fan but not a big Cooke fan. I really hope that was not intentional. I also hope the kid makes a quick recovery. Just an awful situation.

    • soj83 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      I agree completely, hope it was intentional. No matter how much he says he changed (and he hasn’t done anything major since he said he was changing) when you hear Cooke’s name in a situation like this your first thought is cheap shot before seeing it. I can’t make the call from the video, doesn’t look intentional, but if this was Kaleta, Marchand, Burrows, Ott, etc. it would be the same discussion.

      • soj83 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        wasn’t*

      • ironman721 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Agree. If I was a Sens fan or player I would be skeptical. With his history you can’t help but to question his motives or actions. I will give him the benefit of the doubt but very cautiously.

  27. broadstbully33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Everything I said is fact. I bet Cindy put out the order. He can’t stand other players stealing his lime light. Scumbags

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Haha yea it’s not like he leads the league in assists or is second in the NHL in scoring. I see you trolling you hating…..

  28. broadstbully33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Everything I said is fact. I bet Cindy put out the order. He can’t stand other players stealing his lime light. Scumbags

  29. steelers88 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I change my mind the more I watch the replays the more if looks like Cooke intentionally stepped on Karlsons leg.

  30. lameasish - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Still with the Cindy? You sound like a little kid, maybe you are, I’m not to sure. Try and come up with some new material, ask your teachers or mom for help.

    Cindy had 3 points tonight, pretty good for a guy who was also giving out hit orders

  31. nunan - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Obviously unintentional. Watching the video 50 times and convincing yourself it was intentional doesn’t make it so. There wasn’t the slightest amount of intent there. Bad luck. People need to start using common sense when it comes to players getting injured. It happens.

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